Five Painted Hankie Scarves

I finished sewing together the last of my Painted Hankie Scraves.  I did it assembly line style.  Cutting all the backings, then pinning them together, then sewing them to the backing, and top stitching them.

Tomorrow I’ll put them up for sale in my Etsy Shop. I’d do it today, but I’m off to Bellydanicng Class.

Where The Hankies Come Together

The scarves I worked on today.

I slide the hankies under the presser foot and lower it.  I pull out the pin holding the fabric in place, my hands ready to guide the hankies and gently step on the foot pedal.

No two hankies that I sew together are alike.  Even the way I sew them is different.  Some with a top stitch, others face to face.  With all of them I get to decide the stitch and which hankie edge will show if any.

It keeps the process new and doesn’t allow it to get boring.  And when I guide the thin fabric through the sewing machine, I have to pay attention.  I have to keep the fabric from slipping and keep it moving especially when sewing over any embroidery.

Each one is a small challenge.  I like getting it right.  I like how it keeps me focused and in the moment. My mind can’t wander when I’m sewing those old hankies together.

I’m halfway done making five more Painted Hankie Scarves.  These will be the last for a while. I will have extras and will put them up for sale in my Etsy Shop when they’re done.

Where the hankies come together

Put A Flower In The Mail. Jon’s Purple Flower Post Cards For Sale

Jon’s Purple Flower Postcard for sale in my Etsy Shop

I have a new pack of Postcards For sale in my Etsy Shop.  It’s not mine, but Jon’s photo of a Purple Flower.  A pack of six 4×6″ postcards is $15 including shipping.  You can buy them here. 

All summer, Jon took pictures of the flowers he grew in his raised bed gardens using his Leica camera and his iPhone.

This winter he wondered where he would find the color and light. He found some in the winter landscapes,  but also started posting pictures of the flowers he took during the summer, on his blog.

Those pictures are as popular during these dreary months as they were when he first took them.  So he decided to make one into a postcard to use as Thank you cards and I thought it would be a good idea to sell some too.

This way people can send a flower through the mail, inexpensively and easily.

Painting The Last Of The Hankies For Now

When Elizabeth asked me if I would consider making her a pink Painted Hankie Scarf I wasn’t sure about it.   But I told her I’d think about it.

Well, I haven’t done much thinking, but today, as I was painting hankies for the last few scarf orders I decided to try some in pink.

I toned down the hot pink paint I had with some white and started painting.

Honestly, I’m not sure how they look.  I put them aside and decided I’d see how they turned out tomorrow.  I’m not sure the pink will bleed the way the black paint does.   And I’m not sure if they’ll dry lighter or hold their color.  I did add some gray to a couple of them to see how that works.

But I’ll look at them tomorrow with fresh eyes.

I want to finish up the last of the Paint Hankie Scarves this week.  I’ve been making them for the whole month of January and I’m ready to move on to something new.  It will probably be the quilt I started working on in December.  It’s still hanging on my wall and I see it every day, so it’s still in my consciousness.

I can imagine going back to painting more hankies in the future.

Maybe trying to work with color. Maybe just focusing on more black and white designs.  I still have lots of white hankies and I feel like I’m learning how to work with the fabric paint.

It’s actually a wonderful way to learn.  There’s no pressure to “do it right” since I’m making up the rules as I go, and I get to create something while I’m learning.

What I Saw This Morning

The apple tree in the barnyard was sparkling with frost.   The donkeys and sheep are chewing on the thin branches that hang low enough for them to reach.  So the tips of the tree closest to the ground are a deep reddish brown, compared to the gray bark that covers the rest of it.

A stand of wool on one of those branches helped create a meandering stream of ice crystals almost too small to see with the naked eye.   It made me feel a little bit special to have witnessed it.

Then there were the hoof prints.

One of our Amish neighbors came by in their horse-drawn cart and left behind some hoof prints in the snow.   I saw the unusual oval of ice, with hay-like hair sticking out from it.  Just a step away was the negative space in the snow where it originated.

And next to that impression was another.  But this one was filled in with dried hydrangea flower that blew off the bush in my shade garden.

I did move the icy hoof clot (the positive to the impressions negative) closer to the two hoof prints to take this picture.

And this last photo,  well I can’t say what it is.  A mistake for sure.

I found it on my iPhone when I got back into the house after feeding the animals.  I was going to just delete it, but then I saw beauty in the shapes and colors. So I did a little editing and came up with this bright and colorful abstract on this very gray morning.

Begin It Now

“Whatever you dream, you can do.  Begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.  Begin it now!  Goethe

Thank you Tess for sending this Geothe quote to me. Inspiring words that I want to share.

I remember reading them before I started making quilts and began my business.  And even though I couldn’t quote it verbatim, the meaning and power of it stayed with me until I was able to create what I dreamed.  Which I continue to try to do.

I think I also remember the idea of commitment as a part of maybe a longer version of the quote.  Because creating isn’t something that happens in one bold stroke, but is a process of dogged dedication.

This Time It Really Is The Last “Sheep Potholders” For Sale

The Last of my Sheep Potholders for sale in my Etsy Shop

I know I’ve said it before, but I have used up all the sheep fabric that Linda sent me so this really is the last of my Sheep Potholders.

I have eight of them for sale in my Etsy Shop, just click here.  They are $20 each + $5 shipping for one or more.

Here’s a few close up…

Last Suzy Sheep Potholder
Stripes Sheep Potholder
Hello! Sheep Potholder


The Details Of My Painted Hankie Scarves


Details, it’s what happens when I’m sewing my Painted Hankie Scarves, what I see that doesn’t show up in the photos I post of the scarves.

Part of what makes me want to keep making these scarves is that every two hankies I sew together are different from all the others. Because each hankie is different even before I paint on it.

And I have a thing about edges, (I used to go to museums and seek out Robert Ryman’s white-on-white painting just to see how the edges of paint butted up against each other) about how they come together, even the subtleties that a line of machine stitching makes.

I also like the mix of my painting with the detail of the hankies themselves like the embroidered flowers and lacy edges. Lynn left a comment on my blog saying she especially loved “the marriage of the vintage hankies and the contemporary designs.”

 I hadn’t thought of it that way until she wrote me,  but it’s just the kind of juxtaposition I’m always looking for when working with vintage fabrics.

So I took some pictures of some of the details that I  like on the last six scarves I made.   Here they are…







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